Van William’s bleeding heart may be eternally affixed to his sleeve, but very few songwriters can make the therapeutics sound so fun. Known for the meticulous alt-pop song craft of his former acclaimed indie outfits, Port O’Brien and WATERS, on The Revolution EP, his first solo effort, Van William (nee Pierszalowski) offers an auspicious glimpse into a promising future.
Always the creative force that fueled his musical endeavors, William’s newfound independence allowed room to roam in fresh and exciting ways. These four new tracks, a piercing song-cycle about the pain and disillusionment of lost love, have a dark, messy edge as William’s consistently dazzling melodies and stirring choruses carry the emotional subject matter to striking affect.
With its irresistible refrain and exquisite arrangement, the EP’s title track, “Revolution” featuring acclaimed Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, is a textbook example – a perfect hook tempered by one of the saddest, smartest lyrics you’ll ever hear. Similarly, “Fourth of July,” “Never Had Enough of You,” and “Cosmic Sign” (Demo), all sparkle with vulnerability, bittersweet sophistication and William’s honeyed, yearning tenor.
An enthralling introduction, (his full-length solo LP "Countries" is due January 18) Van William’s The Revolution EP signals the arrival of a truly gifted, young artist on the rise.
Recorded in Stinson Beach, CA. All of the songs on The Revolution EP were co-produced by Van William. Key contributors include: drummer, Griffin Goldsmith (Dawes); bassist, Chris Chu (the Morning Benders); keyboardist Tam Visher; co-producer, Brian Phillips; and Klara Söderberg and Johanna Söderberg (First Aid Kit.)
Van William - The Revolution EP track list:
1.“Revolution” featuring First Aid Kit
2.“Fourth of July”
3.“Never Had Enough of You”
4.“Cosmic Sign” (Demo)